The Batesville Mounds, a designated Mississippi Landmark and a destination on the Mississippi Mound Trail, has been described as “one of the most important prehistoric ceremonial sites in Mississippi.” The Batesville Mounds were believed to be inhabited by the Early to Middle Woodland Indians between 500 BCE and 100 CE. The Ancient Native Americans seem to have lived at the North and South Village sites and used the six mounds (A, B, C, D, E, and the McCarter mound to the North) for ceremonial purposes.
Things to do at the Mounds:
- View the Mounds
Mound C, a conical mound, is considered to be the best preserved mound. Mound B, a rectangular platform mound, is also well preserved.
- Trek the Trails
Over 1.5 miles of paved and natural trails can be covered at the site. Many thanks to the hard word of Boy Scout Troop 478 of Panola County.
- Watch for Wildlife
With over 80 acres of natural park, all kinds of flora and fauna may be observed.
- Watch the Trains
The park is bordered on the east by a railroad track that uses the same railroad bed originally laid in the mid-1800s. Interested in old transportation routes? In addition to the Tallahatchie River to the north, portions of the now sunken public road west of the mounds are believed to have followed the old Stagecoach Road.
Located just 12 miles south of Batesville off Interstate 55 south at exit 233. At Enid Lake one can find plentiful picnic pavilions, swimming beaches and campgrounds. Enid Lake is also home to George Payne Cossar State Park which also offers rental cabins, swimming pool, putt-putt golf, visitor’s center and a non-frisby golf course.
For more information about Enid Lake, call (662) 563-4571 or visit Recreation.gov.
Located just 10 miles northeast of Batesville on Highway 35 North. Sardis Lake offers swimming beaches, fishing, campground sites as well as recreational boating and skiing. Sardis Lake is also home to John Kyle State Park which also offers fully furnished cabin accommodations and s lodge is available for family reunions and group gatherings.
For more information about Sardis Lake, call (662) 563-4531 or visit Recreation.gov
Panola County Country Club
Designed by Bob Cupp and professional golfer, Jack Nicklaus
(888) TEE-MISS (833-6477)